TIDD turning the corner on pick and carry safety

TIDD turning the corner on pick and carry safety

When TRT released the 25t TIDD PC25 pick and carry crane in 2013, it incorporated a number of safety features such as a Robway LMI system that automatically de-rated the lift chart for articulation and side slope, a ROPS cab with FOPS option, ABS drum brakes and an electro-hydraulic steering system that reduced the steering response as speed increased to overcome the problem of speed wobbles at speed. Greg Keane reports.  Read more

Prioritising people and processes

Prioritising people and processes

Established in 1986, family-owned business Bentley Crane Hire has been able to stay on top in a crowded Western Australian market by providing its customers with service it claims is second to none. People are at the forefront of the company’s operations and over the years, Bentley has developed both a friendly and loyal working relationship with its clients, as well as a strong team environment for its employees, writes Jan Arreza.  Read more

From the president

According to the latest Australian Industry Group Performance of Construction Index (see figure 1), our industry continues to expand at historical highs, albeit at a slightly softening rate. There is a confidence by most in our industry as utilisation of equipment continues to remain high. This is further confirmed by the number of new machines entering the CraneSafe program being approximately 40% up year on year across all-terrain and pick and carry cranes. Read more

COUNTING CRANES

COUNTING CRANES

RIDER Levett Bucknall’s Q2 2018 RLB Crane Index, released in April, reported a decline in the number of residential tower cranes in Australia. This is the first decline in residential cranes in three years, reporting a fall of 57 since its last publication. This drop is in line with the slowing of the residential sector over the last year; the value of residential building work has fallen by 2.4%.

Overall, a total of 684 cranes are currently on projects across Australia, only one crane down from the previous index, despite a 10% fall in the residential sector. RLB said the non-residential sector played a key part in off-setting the loss. Here, the index has risen from 117 in Q4 2017 to 166, a rise of 42% represented by an additional 56 cranes across the non-residential sectors. Read more